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From PETA: Help the Race Horses

PETA’s undercover investigation reveals what the horse-racing industry won’t show you.

While millions of viewers watch this year’s Belmont Stakes, former champions like Charismatic and War Emblem are half a world away in Japan. Thousands of other less famous U.S.-bred thoroughbreds have also been exported overseas for breeding and racing. When they are no longer useful, most of these horses will be slaughtered.

PETA undercover investigators have recorded exclusive footage in a Japanese horse slaughterhouse, in which 4,500 horses are killed and cut up each year—many of them racehorses—to be made into food for dogs and humans. Slaughterhouses such as the Kumamoto Shokuniku Center, which was exposed by our investigators, are often the last stop in a system that routinely produces tens of thousands of “surplus” thoroughbreds each year because there is no plan for what to do with them after their racing or breeding days are over.

Ten years ago Charismatic won the 125th Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. He nearly went on to win horse racing’s Triple Crown before he tragically broke his leg near the finish line at the Belmont Stakes. Unlike Barbaro, Eight Belles, and the more than 1,000 U.S. racehorses who suffer fatal breakdowns on the track every year, Charismatic survived and was sold soon after like a commodity and exported to Japan for breeding purposes. 

While millions of viewers watch this year’s Belmont Stakes, Charismatic—half a world away and with his value as a stallion plummeting—could be facing the same fate as fellow Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, who wasslaughtered for dog food at the end of an unsuccessful stud career in Japan

In 2008, more than 100,000 American-bred horses were exported to Canada, Mexico, and Japan and slaughtered for meat—many of these were thoroughbreds. 

For Charismatic, War Emblem, and the tens of thousands of less famous racehorses who face slaughter, please take the three actions to the right of this letter. While racing fans are glued to media coverage surrounding the Belmont Stakes, there is no better time to make a difference in the lives of thousands of horses. Thank you. 

Very truly yours, 

Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

How You Can Help

Watch undercover footage shot inside Japan’s largest horse slaughterhouse.

For many racehorses, including former Kentucky Derby winners, Japanese slaughterhouses such as this one often lie at the end of their days on the track, or they are sent there when they are deemed to be no longer valuable for breeding. Please help by doing the following:

1) Write to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and ask it to help end to the export of horses to Japan and implement limitations on the breeding of racehorses. 

2) Share this investigation and video with friends and family and let them know why they should never attend a horse race. 

3) Help us continue our work for horses like Charismatic and all animals.


June 7, 2009 - Posted by | Animal Protection | , , ,

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